In my life, I am first and foremost an activist. I wrote my first protest letter at the age of 9. I was at the forefront of the HIV/AIDS movement in the late 80s. I was a direct action wilderness activist for more than a decade. I have been a mission-driven leader for the last sixteen years, guiding the organizations I have led to great impact for the missions and the people that they serve.
I have seen the results of living on purpose - collaborating with other activists to create thousands of hectares of new protected parks in Ontario, delivering HIV/AIDS education when the crisis was in its earliest stages, changing policies on the federal, provincial and local levels and raising international media awareness on key issues.
In my career, I stepped up to the helm of two nonprofits as Executive Director, raising the profile of the first to international attention and quadrupling the budget of the most recent organization I led while exponentially increasing its reach and impact. I have been a high school science teacher, an addictions counsellor with heroin users, a health promoter.
What I learned from all my experiences was this: I am not special.
We all have the power to change the world. In fact, we are changing the world every day, in ways big and small.
Y ou are a leader. "The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born." —Warren Bennis
I believe that activism, career, entrepreneurship and living a happy, rich and meaningful life all have the same root:
Believing that you matter.
I love working with people who want to say something to the world, from a TEDx stage to their neighbourhood community group!
You matter. What you do matters. So make it count.
I am incredibly passionate about supporting you in finding your purpose, your mission, that thing that charges you up and fuels your work, because it is a great feeling and it truly does change the world! I am really good at finding it in others, because I have found it myself.
My philosophy in working with you is simple: I BELIEVE IN YOU.
I KNOW that you have something special that is yours and yours alone and I believe the world, in whatever way you want to share it, deserves to see it. And I believe that we can collectively make the world a better place by taking action to find our purpose and share it.
If you doubt that you have brilliance, you only have to watch a child to see that they are completely plugged into their brilliance. They know they can do whatever they want. They do not feel the layers of limitation that we build up over time. That still is there in you, available when you choose to notice it.
What excites me in my work is being part of that moment when you say, "What I REALLY want to do is...." or "I always wanted to do .... but I never thought I could". Moments like that are where your purpose lies
The more you become YOU, the more comfortable you become with who you are and use that to tap into your unique talents and passions, the more purpose fuelled your journey will be. That is my mission for the people that I work with - to assist you in becoming deeply comfortable in your own skin and recognizing the amazing gifts that you have to offer.
Simply put, it is this - you bring your challenge, your dream, your whatever-it-is to me and we will talk and see if we connect. I will tell you if I can help you and how. You then can decide whether I am the right person for you. No pressure, no tactics. It really is as simple as that.
Getting to know me
These will give you a better sense of me and our potential "click"...
Talks and shares that deeply inspire me:
We will likely get along like gangbusters if these people and creations speak to you!
People who have changed my view on my calling and how our work can be a true expression of who we are:
"Turning Pro" by Stephen Pressfield and all of the rest of his creations
Charles Eisenstein and his work visioning the more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible
Marianne Williamson for everything that she does
Joann Macy and The Great Turning
"The Prosperous Coach" by Steve Chandler and Rich Litvin
Jeff Foster and his Life Without a Centre
Byron Katie and The Work
Bayo Akomolafe, visionary, writer and delightful friend